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THE BIDS WENT OVER BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS NOT READY FOR ENGINE SITES CONTINUED UNTIL FRIDAY Disappointed Real Estate Agents and Others —Railroad Franchise Also Unsettled Bids for engine house sites were not con sidered by the board of public works and tbe members of the (ire commission yester day, as was intended, but were held over for another week. When the board convened there were a score or more property owners on hand, who hail what they considered choice sites to offer to the city at equally choice prices. Up to the time ot calling the meeting to order the board had fully ex pected to consider the bids, but v. ben the members saw the crowded committee room, where many of the slars of the local real estate market had gathered, they became faint hearted. Responding to a wink from the chairman, I he members ot t he board and live commission slipped quietly away and gathered in the mayor's office. There much of their assurance returned and they pro ceeded lo talk the matter over. It was the general opinion that the boards wore in no position to hear properly owners discuss their respective properties, and would not be until they in joint sessions considered the bids relative to ihe sise oi lots, etc. It was the opinion oi the board that at least 40 per cent of the bids offered would be declared unsuitable and thrown out without con sideration. The board also decided that after the bids had undergone this necessary lest and the surviving oilers had been properly classi fied into districts, the boards would visit each district in turn. Where one or more lots met with their approval, the owners would be notified to appear and argue in favor of their property. Until that time the boards decided that they did not care to hear anything from them on the subject. The board of public works returned ns quietly as it had left and proceeded to take up the usual grist of business. After delib erating upon n petition or two for a few minutes, Councilman Blanchard asked in an apparently innocent manner what so many gentlemen wanted. Several advanced quick ly antl in one voice annour.ocd they had engine house sites to offer. "Engine house sites?" mused Mr. Blanch' arel. "Oh. yes; the board is not ready to consider them yet. We have decided to meet next Friday. "No." he added, "we don't care to have property owners present. They will be called when they are wauled." Under the present plan of procedure, which is a remarkably slow one, it will be several weeks, if not months, before the sites have been Selected. A member of the tire depart ment yesterday remarked thai, ns this improvement had been contemplated for years, and as ihe bonds had been passed nnd the city was paying interest on them, he was of the opinion that the council should order its committee to proceed with all pos libh baste. Alter the selection of the sites the boards will then turn their attention to the plant of the houses themselves. These will be of the latest design aid will be up to dote in every part icular. The following is a list of the amounts al lowed the Bevernl districts, with the excep tion of one 'ii the vicinity of Pico and Sen tous streets: District 1. or Kast Los An geles, S1000: Second ward, or oil district, $1.1110; Third ward, business section,slo,ooo: Ronnie Brae, $1,100; vicinity of present Ninth-street house, $1500; district bounded by Washington and Pico streets. Maple ave nue nnd Figueroa street, $1500; Pico Heights, $1000: Hoover nnd Thirty-second streets or vicinity, $1500; near Hoover and Washington streets, $l.lnil; district 14. bounded by Figueroa street, Maple avenue, Sixteenth nnd Thirtieth st reels. SHOO; Sixth nnd Seventh wards. $1000 each: Main ana Alameda streets, south of Washington Btreet, $1000; Seventh ward. $1500: vicinity of plnza, $10,000; Boyle Heights. $1000. The total of the above is $37..100. REFUSE TO RECOMMEND That Railway Franchise Still Under Consideration W. S. Hook,manager oi the Traction Rail way company, and Attorneys T. E. Gibbon and .1. H. Call appeared before the board of public works yesterday and argued n favor of the board recommending that the coun cil advertise for sale a franchise lor a dou ble-track railway to be operated on West Eleventh street. At the lasl meeting of the council a petition signed by W. S. Hook, Bsk- Ing the council to offer a franchise for sale, was read and referred to the board. Yester day Mr. Hook stated that property owners on Eleventh street had requested the com pany to extend its lines out Eleventh strerl to HoOVI r. He said that theooinpany would make a fair bid lor the franchise, and il successful would have cars running within ninety days. The board was not disposed to recommend any action, and said it preferred to continue the matter for a week, as there were several point" il would like to investigate before it passed on the matter. Attorney Gibbon said that the board need not worry about the legality ot recom mending the council lo advert ise lor bid-. He said that state laws under which franchises were granted were in harmony, and that the council had a perfect right under them to sell franchises. Attorney Call was ot the same opinion, but failed lo win the board over to take any action before it investigated it for itself. The matter went over "or a week. STREET IMPROVEMENT'S In the matter of proposals received to im prove San tee street, from Ninth to the north line of the subdivision of the Widow Botiller tract, the board recommended that tite led of C. W. Shafer of lit) cents a foot for grad ing .Hid graveling. 2H cents per tool for Ctlfb, tjn tents per foot for sewer complete and Si cents per foot for sidewalk be accepted and the necessary resolution of award lie adopted. The petiion of .1. W. Lehman and others, asking that Twentieth street, between Grand avenue and Figueroa street, be graded, graveled, curbed with cement and •idewalked with a live-foot cement surface Was favored. The petitioners ask that the work be done under the bond act. Oil mo tion of Mr. Mathuss, it was recommended that the matter of the improvement be re ferred to the city engineer for estimate of cost. The board also recommended that the dis trict of assessment for the opening of Bur lington avenue, between Maryland and Sixth streets, extend on Burlington avenue from First to Sixl'u streets and on Fifth street from Burlington avenue to a point L.if) trel west of Burlington avenue. .1. llein's bid In improve Staunton avenue, between Ninth and fourteenth streets, was approved and the council will be a.-Ucd on Monday to accept it. Mr. Hem offered to grade and gravel the street lor 80 cents per foot, put in a curb for 28 cents, sidewalk lor 8% cents and sewer for 50 cents. Mr. Hem's bid for the improvement ol Victoria street, between Fourteenth and Tennessee streets, was also approved, it be ing the lowest. In this case tiie grading and graveling was placed at 85 cents, the curb at 28 cents, sidewalk at 8H cents and the sewer at 50 cents per foot. G. W. Burton's pc tition, in which he asks that the council order the work of sidewalk ing Bunker Hill avenue, between Hope and Court streets, be ordered done under private contract, was ordered iiled. MORE MONEY APPORTIONED The City Auditor Makes Inroads on This Year's Taxes j City Auditor Nichols made another ap | portionment of $30,000 yesterday, bruising the total amount apportioned from the taxes of IS9B-99 up to 1186,000. Yesterday demands on fire, park and tun nel accounts were paid. The different accounts were apportioned as follows: Cash 88868.80; salary. $993.60; fire. #4031.40; common school. $8906.60; li brary, 8008.80; general park, $3.10.40: East Lo* Angeles, $355.90; Westlake, $913.20; Hollenbeck, $182.40; Echo, $113.20; FJysian, •8418.20; nursery, $103.20: street lighting, $1946.40; street sprinkling. $1972.80; fire bond-. $408; bridge bonds. $72; park bonds. 525.80; tunnel bonds, $457.20; Main-street sewer. $94.40; internal sewer, $1255.20; out fall sewer. $1387.20. Do Not Want Name Changed The proposed change in the name of Yo lande street is apparently not satisfactory to all residents on tbe street. Yesterday a protest, signed by C. Bauer and other prop erty owners, in which they state their ob jections to the change, was tiled with the city clerk. They claim that if the street's name is changed to Thirtieth, it would re sult in confusion, as Yolande street is not in j line with Thirtieth, but is over 100 feet be i low. Merchants Like Phonograph Music T. L. Tally, proprietor of tbe phonograpl parlors situated at '311 South Spring street intends lighting the objections made again* his free open-air concerts. Last week a pro test signed by a number of men hauls iv tin vicinity of his place of business was pre sented to the council, which referred th< matter to the board of public works. Mr Tally appeared before the board yesterday, armed with a petition signed by .10 mer chants doing business on Spring street, be tween Third and Fourth. The petition stated that tbe phonograph parlors were in no way a nuisance. As Mr. Tally's petition bad never been tiled and as it of necessity must pass through the hands of the council before the board can act upon it. (be hear ing was continued until nest Friday. New Building for Seventh and Main 0. T. Johnson, proprietor of the Hotel Westminster, applied to the building super intendent yesterday for a permit for the creel ion of a four-story brick building, to be built on the corner of Seventh and Main streets, at an estimated cost of $20,000. The permit was not issued, as Mr. Johnson had neglected to submit the plans relative to fire escapes, etc.. to the board of fire com missioners. The permit was withheld until Ibis action is taken, which w ill be at next ! Wednesday's meeting. Tunnel Specification Completed Specifications for the proposed Third street tunnel will be presented to the coun cil Monday by the city engineer. The draw ings are yet uncompleted, but the specifica tions covering all steps in the construction were finished last night. According to them, ihe tunnel will be 1059 feet long. 32 feet wide and 20 feet high. The principal material used wiii be brick and cement, and the esti mated cost is $100.0110. EVENTS AT CAMP PRATT Program for the Exhibition Drill on Thanksgiving The last of the physical examinations oi the Seventh tegiment will take [dace today. Then will follow the making out ol the rosters, accounting tor company property and tilling iv data for each ol the 1260 men en blanks furnished by the warxtepartment. When this work is completed the reports will be turned over to Colonel Berry, who will present them to Captain l'ratt. the mus tering out officer. Should this task be com pleted next week, the Seventh will be mus tered out by Nov. 38th. A llag pole seventy live feet high has been presented to the regiment b> .Major J. Henry Dockweiler oi Oeneral Last's stall. The gilt is much appreciated, and with due ceremony the pole will be erected between the hotel and the horticultural building.Old Glory will hereafter float over Camp l'ratt. The football team ol the First battalion is iv active practice for its game with the IT, S. ! . team. Sergeant Bogalsky, Company F. has been appointed deputy clerk tor the purpose ot registering all men ot the regiment who have not been registered before. There are proba bly 15U ol these, who will thus be enabled to vote at the coming municipal election. If i he sale ol hexes is an indicat ion of the drawing power oi ihe Seventh regiment s exhibiton drill, there will be a big crowd to witness the event on Thanksgiving day. 'I he boxes wen- all sold yesterday, with "ye or six buyers for the la«t one. Tbe following i- a li.-t of the box holders: .1. S. Slauton,(J. .1. Griffith, A. li. Cass, 11. W. Frank, .1. K. Newberry, Mrs. h. <:. Otis. \V. C Patter son, W.T. Bottsford, F. K. Hule, Mrs. J.E. Plater, Alfred Solano, I. N. Van TTuys, .1. M. Schneider, N. I!. Blaekstone, Homer Laughlin, Coulter Dry Uoodi company, Los Angeles Furniture company, Anderson & Chanslor, Security Savings hank. Farmers and Merchants' bank, 11. \V. O'Melveny, W. 11. Perry, John F.Francis, K. 17. Kay, Gen eral ('. F. A. Last, Harper & Reynolds com pany, Sherman & Clark, Haas. Haruch & Co., Hawley, King & Co., M. A. Newmark & Co.. Craig, Stewart ft Co., Cudahy Pack ing company, C. B. Booth, J. I). Hooker* Co., Simpson-Hack Fruit company, M. M. i'otter, 11. R. Verxa 1.. E. Behymer, treasurer of the Los An geles theater, has consented to lake charge oi the ticket -elling at the gate. The pro gram of exercises for the day will be as fol lows, beginning ai I:3osharp: 1 Reveille; field music; first call in the morning. 2. Physical drill, with arm.-, by the entire regiment; one of the new things in military l raining. li. Guard mount and inspection. During guard mount ihe band will play the Sextet from "Cavalleria Rusticana." 4. Company drill by a picked company oi the Sevenlh regiment, 5. Pitching shelter tents; going into camp alter a hard day's march by first battalion, Major V. c. Prescott commanding. (i. Battle exercises with blank cartridges Attack in skirmish line and battle by Second battalion. Major 1). It. YVeller commanding. 7. Battalion drill by Third battalion, Major W. 0. Walsh commanding. 8. Evolutions by the entire regiment. Regi mental drill, Colonel .1. R, Berry command ing; o. Parade and grand review, in command of Brigadier General ('. l<\ A. Lust, com raanding First brigade, N. G. (.'., during LOS ANGELES HERALD: SATURDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 19, t«9B which the band will play its famous "Thunder March," for sound off parade. The program will close by the band play ing "The Star Spangled Banner," and the entire assemblage is requested to stand, un covered, in honor to our flag. UNIVERSITY EXTENSION Organisation Formed and Plans Laid to Further the Movement Last evening in Simpson tabernacle a pub lic meeting was held for the purpose of pro pounding the doctrine of university exten sion. The meeting had been called by the Southern,Calift>rnia Educational Extension association, which is university extension md something more. It bad been renamed in orilcr to include certain other elements hitherto excluded from the movement, which is now becoming very popular. The following schools nnd colleges have taken the initiative in the work: Occidental, Po mona. Throop, fj, S. ('. and the two normal schools. Considerable interest is being manifested in this new movement. It is the associa tion's aim to suit the lectures which will be given to all classes of people- -elementary pud advanced lectures upon all subjects. The association wishes Los Angeles to come for ward with its hearty support. The primary use of the movement is to bring education to that clement which cannot go to it. At last night's meet ing the attendance w as not what it should have been. Judge Enoch Knight presided, and Miss Barker contrib uted piano music. A committee meeting wns held during the evening, and Miss Wad leigh. Miss Nancy Foster, 11. M. Davis, Prof. J. A. Foshay and Guy Wadsworth were chosen a board to further organize the as sociation and formulate plans. Dr. C. C. Van T.iew gave some historical phases of the movement, its rise in Eng land and its spread in this country. Its object is to give courses of lectures in local centers. Prof. Kobert E. Hieronymus spoke upon the special work in Southern California. Charles Cassat Davis gave some public school statistics, stating that of the public school attendance in the first year, 69 per cent had dropped off by the sixth or .seventh year. It was necessary to supply this large percentage with some sort of a chance for education, and the new movement proposed to fill this use. MEET ON THE GRIDIRON OPENING GAME AT FIESTA PARK THIS AFTERNOON University of Southern California aud High School Will Do Battle—A Good Game Anticipated The new gridiron at Fiesta park will be opened this afternoon with a football game between the team- ot the University ot Southern California and the high school. Tiie two eleven- played a tie game in which neither scored four weeks ago and each is determined to prevent s repetition ot that match and to go home a winner. The make-up of the high school eleven will be the same as in the game against i'omona college, and as they have spent the time since that game in hard, steady prac tice, they will play a faster and stronger game than they did then, ln tiie line, Jans, Van Norman and Macaven can be relied on to do yeoman work on botli offense and de fense. Steams and Klokke on the end- are hard men to get around and will give a good account of themselves w hen called on to cany the ball. The backs form a quar tet that, fof the weight, cannot be ex celled iv this part ot the slate. Their inter ference is good, form- quickly and i- strong. They run well with the ball, and back the line fur excellent gain-. I In the defensive their work is strong, all being low, haul tacklers. The team averages 144 pounds, which is nine pounds lighter than their op ponents, w ho average 153 pounds. The university eleven has been reorgan ized since llie first game with the high -choid, and having the odds of weight, should win. Holland at center ia a new man in the place, but is an old player and lills the bill. At right guard. Christy, who has played center on the 'varsity for three years, will be a hard man to hold, lie i- a strung line bucker and is a tower of strength on the defense. Ballou, the left guard, is an old player, but lacks aggressiveness. Williams, at right tackle, is in every plaj and puts up a line game, bucking the line, breaking through aud tackling in good style. The left tackle. I human, is a sure, steady player and can always be relied on. .Martin, the captain of last year's eleven, plays left end and is a gritly. aggressive man. IL run- well with the ball, furnishes good in terference, gets down the field, and is a low, hard tackier. On the olher end, tvnowlea is a new man to the place, but is as good a man as .Martin. Mi- strong point is running with the ball. Wright, the quarter, i- strong on defensive work, but a little -low in the offense. He passes the ball well and captains the team-with good judgment. Haddock and Pratt, the halves, are hard, strong line bucker.-. run the ends well, interfere in good style and are good men at defensive work. Murrieta, at full back, is playingjin excellent game. He hits the line hard, punts well, is a sure, hard tackier and can carry the ball around the end. The game will be hotly contested and -hould prove a pretty contest. The teams will line up as follows: U. S. C. Position. High School. Holland c Bchelllng Christy a. O j lini , a Ballou L. G v an Norman Williams rt. T Macanen Hlnman U t vvixom Knolos B. B Steams Martin L. E Klokke Pratt R. H. v Bosbysbell Haddock L. H. li.. Munday (Capt > Wiluht (Capt.).. ~Q. B .'...Neuhart Murrleta K. B Wynn l-loyd Subs Canfleld Wilson Subs Webster The game will be called at 2 oclock on the new (.'round- at Fiesta nark, corner of l'ieo street and Grand avenue. Widowhood Before Wifehood The sad and extraordinary position of a woman's being a widow before she is wife is that held by Mrs. L. (J. Koops. A few days before Mr. Koops' deeply regretted death he was married by the bandschoen (glove) to the lady in Holland. She was to have h it lo join her husband on the 13th insti, but the ( ables have apprised her of her mis fortune. The system of marriage by proxy is frequently adopted by Hutch bridegrooms in South Africa and Dutch brides in Hol land. A friend of the groom represents him iv the church, and he is only released from the solemn engagement by a saving clause in the certificate, The aim and object of these innocent mock marriages is to bind the far away husband to his contract. —Johannes- burg Standard. "I bad a narrow escape in my house the other night." "How SO?" ".My wife shot at some burglars."—Life. THE PUBLIC PULSE tThe Herald under this heading prints communications, but does not assume re sponsibility for the sentiments expressed. Correspondents are requested to cultivate brevity, so far as Is consistent with the proper expression of their viewed Objections Answered To the Editor of the Los Angeles Herald: Permit me to call attention to an article appearing in The Herald of Nov. 16th, wherein is set forth certain criticisms of the proposed new charter, no wise justified by that instrument or by the law. First—lt is suggested that the mayordoes not have the power of removing certain of the officers appointed by him. This state ment is true as to the members of the vari ous boards nnd commissions, because the new 6'nartcr expressly fixes and defines the term of office of each of these boards and commieitoni. It is also true as to the two members of the board of election, appointed by him by and with the advice of the council, because their terms are also expressly tixed and defined by the new charter. See Peo ple vs. Hill, 7 Cal.. 97; Smith vs. Brown, 59 Cal., 672, and People ex-rel Sedgwick vs. Shear, 15 Pac. rep., p. 92. Hut the mayor can remove the city attor ney, the city engineer or the superintendent of streets al any time he chooses so to do, because their terms are not expressly de clared or fixed ill the charter. See California supreme court decisions above cited; also the numerous authorities cited under the title "Public Oftieers" on page 502 of American and Knglish Encyclo pedia of Law. The general rule applicable in all such cases is well stated in the nhove case of the People vs. Hill, 7.Ca1., page 102, in this lan- guage: The power of removal is an incident to the power to appoint as a general propo- sit ion. Second—The following statement is made in the communication to which 1 refer: It might be mentioned here that, al though in several instances the pro posed charter declares that certain offi cers shall be subject to removal in cer tain cases, there seems to be the utter omission of a provision as to how or by whom it shall be done. As showing the error of the above state ment. 1 call attention to sections 79, 80 and 81 of the proposed new charter, which are as follows: Section 79. If any elective or ap pointive officer shall die or remove from the city, or absent himself from the city for more than thirty days without the consent of the council, or shall iail to qualify by taking the oath of office and filing his official bond as required with in ten days from the time he received Ins certificate of election or appointment, or if he shall resign or be convicted of a misdemeanor connected with the per formance of his official duties, or be con victed of a felony or adjudged insane, or shall absent himself from his office for more than twenty dayi without the con sent of t he council, or if any such officer, other than members of the board of edu cation] and of the police and fire depart ments, shall accept any free transporta tion from any railroad or street car company operated within this state his office shall be forfeited thereby and shall be declared vacant by the council or the mayor, and the vacancy shall thereupon be filled, in the case of an elective officer by the council and in the case of an ap pointive officer not included in the classified civil service by the mayor, un less otherwise provided lor in this charter. Section 80. All officers subject to the provisions of this charter shall hold office until removed, suspended or until their successors have qualified. Section 81. The council shall have power lo suspend any officer of tiie city, pending trial, against whom any criminal proceedings or civil action for the re covery of money due the city lias been commenced, and the mayor shall ap point a substitute for such office dur ing suspension. In voting upon the sus pension and removal of officers t lie mem bers of the council, suspending or remov ing the same, shall vote by ayes and noes, and the same shall be taken and entered upon the journal. As further showing the error of your cor respondent's statement I direct attention to the provision found in the above section 79 in this language: "Or if he .-hall be con victed of a misdemeanor connected with the performance of his official duties." This finds its antecedent explanation in the provisions of sections "08 to 770, both in clusive of the penal code, wherein is set forth 'n the general laws of the state, appli cable to all officers of every district, county, township or municipality, a complete scheme lor the impeachment and removal of city officers who are derelict in their duty or commit any misdemeanors in office. What more is necessary? Certainly nothing. Third—The most fallacious point made is in the statement: We must bear in mind that power once surrendered is hard to recover. And that the right to choose those who shall be in authority over us was achieved not quite a century and a quarter ago after centuries of oppression and denial of such right, and to surrender it in how ever small degree looks like a step back ward and an impeachment of our iitness for self-government. What the gentleman says well applies as between a people struggling for liberty and I right to govern themselves as against a' hereditary monarchy or .other government that denies such right in f he people. We have achieved our liberty and estab lished the right of self-government as against all outside and foreign foes. But, within our own municipal governments, and en gendered by our own institutions, new prob lems and new foes have arisen, which were unknown and unforeseen by the fathers who fought the triumphant battles for civil lib erty and framed our federal plan of gov ernment. The enormous overgrowth of the modern municipality resulting from the great industrial age that has come upon us during the last half century has created conditions and aroused questions that cannot be safely met or solved upon the democratic theory of government by majorities, and opposition to the centralization of power. The best and most effective government of the city has been found to result when resort is had to those broad business principles which must be applied to insure success in the management of large private corporations. The citation, therefore, of the struggles Schillings Best money-back tea and baking powder at lour Grocers of our ancestors Against monarchical govern ment has no bearing to establish that the clear business principles of Urge duties and corresponding responsibilities outlined by the new charter are dangerous er erroneous in the government of our city. Fourth. The communication apparently presents a covert attack of a negative sort on the new city charter, by suggesting the theory that if the appointment by the mayor of any officers at all be a good thing, we caunot have enough of that good thing, and that accordingly the mayor ought to have been endowed by this charter with power to appoint all the other city officers who have to do with the public revenues. It may be that the point is not made in a Pickwickian sense, but seriously. However that may be, the argument in either event does not make with any force against the new char ter for many reasons. A statement of the cardinal objects to be attained by the new charter will constitute a perfect resume of those reasons. Its leading purpose is to so distribute the powers of city government that the principles which obtain in the successful business ad ministration of the large private corpora tions of the country shall apply to the city of Los Angeles. Its four candinal objects are effectiveness, economy, security and respon sibility. Iv order that these points may be at tained it will not do to give one of the large department of the city into the control or direction of another department, beyond what the new charter actually does. It keeps the line of demarcation between these ; departments sharply defined. I Broadly generalizing this new charter by its two largest features, the powers of its several departments are represented, on the one hand by the council and its allied depart ments, and on the other hand by the mayor, with the several departments conducted by the officials whom he appoints, constituting the executive and administrative branches of the city government. The council enacts all municipal legisla tion, inaugurates all proceedings for the raising of revenue, and is vested with the power of making all appropriations of money for all city purposes; makes all city con tracts not expressly vested in particular de part ments, controls and directs all work on streets and sewers, holds the purse strings and thereby controls expenditures. The mayor, on the other hand, is the head of the executive or administrative depart ment. He has no part in inaugurating legis lation or in raising, appropriating or ex pending money, except that through bis right of veto he possesses a check against any vicious or dangerous exercise or abuse by the council of its legislative, revenue rais ing, or revenue appropriation powers, while over all other officers he has a supervisory power whereby he may compel them to perform their official duties. As a separate and independent, but sub ordinate, branch of the revenue-raising power of the city, we have the assessor aud tax collector, elected by tbe people to execute the general laws and the ordinances of the council iv the matter of assessing'and collecting taxes. As another separate and independent branch of tbe revenue depart ment. we have the treasurer, who is thecus todian of all revenue and funds. Over all these departments, and as a check upon all, we have the auditor, who is the bookkeeper of the city, who reports to the revenue raising power the necessities of all departments, who apportions to all departments tbe funds belonging to them, and who generally constitutes a check upon each and every other department. He handles none of the public moneys, but he sees to it that those who do handle them are lawfully entitled so to do, and that they do not misappropriate any. He is in fact the "watchdog of the treasury." For the absolute and certain protection of the taxpayer iv respect of the public rev enues and their lawful appropriation and expenditure, it is necessary that all these different co-ordinate branches should be each independent of the other in its creation and operation, just as they are defined by the new charter; and at the same time that each should posses* a certain check upon the others, as will be found to be the fact when the various provisions of this charter are examined in detail. As a result of this, it was not deemed, and upon principle it would not be safe or proper, that the mayor should appoint any of these particular officers con nected with the public revenues. The three officers, however, heretofore elective, which he will appoint under the new charter have nothing to do with the assessing, collecting, appropriating or cus tody of any public funds, and one only of these has anything to do with the expendi ture of any public funds, to-wit, the street superintendent, who superintend* certain public work for the benefit of the city or of its citizens, not under the mayor, but under and in pursuance of the ordinance of the council or of the general state law; while the other two, the ci!y a:torney and city engineer, engage only in the profes sional work of the city government along their respective professional lines, so far as may be necessary to enable the c ther de partments or officers to effectively and cor rectly discharge their several duties. The mayor himself will be no longer a member of any hoard or commission, as under the present charter neither will he participate iv any matter involving the ap propriation or expenditure of any public money, save alone as he may unite with the council by approving ordinances or dissent from them through his veto. There is no possible circumstance thai could arise wher >ny a combination between the mayor and the three officers appointed by him, or between any ol them, could work the city any serious injury, unless the council and some other officers connected with the revenue, including the auditor and treasurer should also combine— a most improbable contingency. Under the present charter Cie mayor ap points the library board ami is ex-ofticio an active member of Ihe police, fire, health and park boards. In practice and in fact the mayor has been and is the president of these last named four boards. He participates in afl their deliberations and business, takes part in all their expeidit tr?s of the public mor eys appropriated »nd apportioned to there boards and has a potent influence in dic tating who shall be appointed as employees under them. As such member -nd presi dent the mayor has exercised, and he now exercises, a large amount of power that should not be vested in him and which the new charter will take away from him by not permitting him to be a member of any of these boards. Not being a member of any of these boards or commissions or in terested or involved in their appointments, purposes or plans, except as the agent of the general public he will not. be intriguing with the council or with contractors or for places of prefc-.nent for the benefit of political followers. Separated and divorced from all these boards and comTdssi jas, the mayor stands alone over in.l above all the city boards and officers as the responsible and super visory head of the city government. Hith erto there has been no responsible head of the city who could bp looked to or called to account for public dereliction. There has never been any particular offi cer elected by the people upon whom the well meaning public at large could unite with the asK.iram.-2 'hat his election meant anythint in parcicn'ar to them by way of good or efficient government. Under the present charter city governments come and go and each, regardless of its partissn com plexion, means praoucally the same thing to the public at large, namely, a city gov ernment that is inefficient, insecure, expen sive and irresponsible. This all results from an improper distribution of powers and re sponsibilities. Too much power has been vested in the council, and they could not be made responsible, because elected by wards. Vet for many good reasons it is not advisable or practicable, indeed it would not be popular to wipe out the wards and elect the council at large. The necessary logic of the situation, then, is that we should shear the council of some of these important powers; take the mayor out of all the boards and commissions; vest him with the power of appointment of all boards and commissions, and also impose upon him the duty and responsibility of ap pointing the three technical and profesionnl officers, whose skill as trained specialists is necessary to enable all other department offi cers and employes to fully and accurately discharge their duties, and, if their services arc not satisfactory, he should have the power to remove them and appoint their successors. This is a complete and well balanced plan of government for the benefit not of any class, but. the general public, whose necessities demand city government and who foot the bills, aud this plan is out lined in the new charter in bold and unmis takable terms. By the adoption of the new charter the election of mayor alone will mean bo mncl to this city in the line of good, responsible government that there will be a tremendous advance in the direction of meeting and pre paring for those great and continued waves of prosperity which manifest destiny mus sweep and roll over our city. There will be given in the immediate present a powerful stimulus to a higher and more energetic ex ercise by our citizens of their own civic duties in the selection of good and strong men for public place. The well-disposed citi z.en must take an active interest. Then, am not otherwise, will he become the unit of the convention, with the result that the nora inees of all conventions will be from (*le bet. men. No convention will dare to put up ; weak or bad man for mayor under penaltj of failure at the polls. Of course, the new charter is framed on the theory that the citizen will at least do his duty on election day, in any event, by voting for a worthy man for mayor, regard less of partisan alliance. If tbe majority of the citizens on election day unite on an unlit man. then, of course, under our rule of government by majorities, there is no help for them, and the public will receive it* just, deserts and be punished by evil and corrupt government. But the new charter is no weaker in that respect than the present charter. A majority under the present charter can unite in the choice of an unfit council and mayor, or either, if they choose. As a foun tain cannot rise higher than its source, so tbe moral plane of city government will nec essarily bo low or high as the source whence it draws it« inspiration Jre either low or stim ulated by civic patriotism. This "government of the people, by the people, and for the people," means that the people themselves must practice eternal vig ilance and fearlessly and thoroughly dis charge their own individual duties, and that if they fail in this, good municipal govern ment "must perish from the earth." K. 11. F. VARIEL. The Initiative and Referendum To the FCditor of the Los Angeles ITerald: All hail tbe plan in the new city charter to introducethisgreatprinciple of reform! lam glad to see this, as an entering wedge, and hope in time it may prevail in all our cities and towns. 1 believe, if lightly carried out, it will effect the greatest political reforms of the age. Switzerland, the home of the in itiative and referendum, is called the model republic. It is what this was intended lo be, a government of, for anil by the people. I hope everybody will vote for the char ter, but, of course, the boss, the man with a job and the man who thinks more of himself than of the general good will oppose it. M. Wants to Get Back Home To the Editor of the Los Angeles Herald: I came here from llaltimore, hoping to es cape the hard times in the east, but find the chances of employment here worse, if any thing, and now that my funds are exhausted, I am hunting for someone or ones who can show me a way to get home. Perhaps your paper or some of its many readers can show me some way that I can work my way back, or to whom to apply with some hope of assistance. HAKKV. (If any of our readers con suggest a way The Herald will be glad to give Harry a helping hand.—Ed. Herald.) AN ORGAN RECITAL Enjoyable Evoning of Music at First Congregational Church The organ recital given at the First Con gregational' church last night by W. F. Skeelc, deijn of the College of Music of the University of Southern California, wns very well attended. Mr. Skerle wns assisted by Miss Lulu Pieper, soprano; Arthur .Marshall Perry, violinist, and Miss Grace M. Perry and R. H. Crist, accompanists. 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Tbe program was altogether delightful, and the audience showed an appreciation of every number. Freedom of the City Kitchener, the latest edition de lux cf Hero, has had conferred upon him London's highest distinction —the freedom of the city. The first ease of this kind occurred in 1876, Lord Chief Justice Cockburn being the re cipient. In 18!XJ we were glorifying ourselves because the freedom of the city wns given to Henry M. Stanley.— Xew York Press. Brayish Aguinaldo continues to issue orders to the Spanish in the Philippines, but they are not foolish enough to pay any attention to the brash young man.--Washington Post. A Good Drawing Card A northern firm has put a "General Miles" cigar on the market. It will naturally be much puffed—New Orleans Picayune.